Opera

Haydn's Orlando Paladino

Nigel Lowery & Amir Hosseinpour (stage directors), René Jacobs (music director) – With Marlis Petersen (Angelica) and Pietro Spagnoli (Rodomonte) – Berliner Staatsoper

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Cast

Nigel Lowery — Stage director

Amir Hosseinpour — Stage director

Marlis Petersen — Angelica

Pietro Spagnoli — Rodomonte

Tom Randle — Orlando

Magnus Staveland — Medoro

Sunhae Im — Eurilla

Victor Torres — Pasquale

Alex Penda (a.k.a. Alexandrina Pendatchanska) — Alcina

Arttu Kataja — Caronte / Licone

Freiburger Barockorchester

René Jacobs — Music director

Program notes

Orlando Paladino, Haydn's greatest success in the genre of the opera, produced by Nigel Lowery and Amir Hosseinpour.

Joseph Haydn's Orlando Paladino owes its very existence to an event that never happened: the grand duke of Russia and his spouse were supposed to visit Esterháza. Willing to welcome lavishly these illustrious guests, the Prince Esterházy asked Haydn to compose an opera. Yet the princely couple changed their route. Caprice? Hitch? History does not say. Be that as it may, Haydn did compose his Orlando. The opera, premiered in 1782, were soon to be acclaimed as Haydn's greatest success in the genre of the opera.

Orlando Paladino is a heroic and comical drama inspired by Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. Haydn combines gracefully epic adventures and unbridled love games. Two stage directors, Nigel Lowery and Amir Hosseinpour, foster the dynamic elements of the plot with lively details, accompanied by the Baroque music maestro, René Jacobs.

© Picture: Staatsoper Ruth Waltz

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